Accessing Red Hill: Using Omeka S to Document and Preserve an African American Cemetery
Project of Merit Winner!
Author: Carol Hemminway and Laura Bullard
Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Sheffler and Michael Boyles, Project Lead
The Red Hill Cemetery Project is a collaboration between the University of North Florida and the Okefenokee Heritage Center, which seeks to document and archive historical and spatial data related to Red Hill Cemetery, the oldest African American cemetery in Waycross, Georgia. The project, led by an interdisciplinary team of scholars from history, anthropology, and geography, combines traditional historical archival research with GIS and photogrammetry to build a broadly accessible virtual cemetery. Central to this effort is the development of a database of names and biographical information. Using the web publishing platform Omeka S and a custom ontology, the database will eventually include hundreds of digitized, transcribed, and fully-searchable death certificates. The certificates date primarily from the first quarter of the twentieth century and include social, demographic, medical, and biographical data of value to genealogists, scholars, and the broader community. As members of the Red Hill Cemetery team, Michael Boyles, Carol Hemmingway, and Laura Bullard have focused on using the unique capabilities of Omeka S to develop a cultural heritage database that maximizes access for individuals and researchers with diverse needs and interests. This presentation focuses on the technological and conceptual labor of building a useful and accessible digital framework.
Research Types: Graduate Research, Undergraduate Research, Faculty/Staff